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  • Biden, Trump win Michigan primaries; locally as well

    Feb 29, 2024

    By LARRY HOLCOMBE [email protected] President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump were the winners of Tuesday’s Michigan Presidential primary. Locally, results mirrored the statewide count. Biden won the Democrat primary with 81.1% of the statewide vote, followed by 13.3% of voters choosing “Uncommitted.” According the Associated Press, Biden gained 86 of the state’s 117 available delegates to this summer’s national convention. On the Republican ticket, Trump garnered 68.2% of the vote, compared to 26.5% for former...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 29, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 29 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110....

  • District 97 preview: Top-seeded Panthers favored in a tough bracket

    Feb 29, 2024

    By JASON JUNO [email protected] IRONWOOD --- Ewen-Trout Creek is a unanimous favorite among coaches to win next week’s MHSAA Division 4 District 97 championship. They’re the No. 1 seed in the bracket, they’re 8-1 against district opponents, they’re the defending champions and they’re ranked fourth in the U.P. poll with a 16-5 record. “Ewen has to be the favorite,” Ironwood coach Jesse Mackey said, “with that earned No. 1 seed. Very talented team. Those young girls have only gotten stronger and more experienced against...

  • GOISD debuts 'Chalkboard' podcast

    Feb 22, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] EWEN — The Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, based in Ewen, has a new way of informing the public. Its podcast, called “The Chalkboard,” is part of what Alan Tulppo calls the district’s “multifaceted means of sharing news.” As superintendent of GOISD, Tulppo explained the approach in a Feb. 16 interview with The Globe. “We, as the ISD, felt that we’re providing a lot of services and classes that we wanted to raise awareness of with parents and the public,” he said....

  • Aspirus to convert Ontonagon hospital to rural health clinic

    Feb 22, 2024

    WAUSAU, Wis. — Aspirus Health announced Tuesday that major changes are coming to two of its locations in the Upper Peninsula, including transitioning Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital into a rural health clinic and a $30 million renovation and expansion of Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. The transitioning of the Ontonagon hospital into a rural health clinic “will provide services that better match local needs in a community that has changed dramatically in recent years,” said a release from Aspirus. Changes in Ontonagon will be effective...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 22, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 22 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110....

  • Midwest Telefest draws hundreds to Big Powderhorn

    Feb 15, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP - Several hundred people gathered last weekend for the 34th annual Midwest Telefest at Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Ironwood Township. The three-day event normally takes place at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area in Ontonagon, but it was moved this year due to inadequate snow at that site, which relies only on Mother Nature. Race Director Peter Werts of Madison, Wisconsin, said he expects the event to return to Ontonagon next year....

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 15, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 15 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EST; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EST; Ontonagon, Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EST; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EST. Ironwood St....

  • With lack of snow, region turns to ORVing

    Feb 8, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] A lack of snow has inspired officials in the tri-county area to allow ORV riding in February. The unusual action has been inspired by fewer than 3 feet of snow during this season — a measly allotment that has allowed trail bases to melt in the face of extended warm spells. Iron and Ontonagon counties have issued formal statements in the past week. “We’re doing the same here,” said Jerry Nezworski, president and trail boss of the Gogebic Range Snowmobile Authority. “Unfortunately, there’s no...

  • Community Calendar

    Feb 8, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Feb. 8 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Salem Lutheran Church, Ironwood. area74.org. Klassic Kruisers Car Club, 6:30 p.m., Kimball Community Center. Ironwood Lodge 389 of F.&A...

  • Highland CEO meets with Michigan Strategic Fund officials

    Feb 1, 2024

    WAKEFIELD — Work to develop and launch a new copper mine north of Wakefield drew Highland Copper Interim CEO Barry O’Shea to the Gogebic Range this week. His message regarding the Copperwood Project wasn’t momentous, but it was positive. Highland officials appeared at a meeting of the Michigan Strategic Fund held at Gogebic Community College, advancing their case for state support for the mine. “They’re considering giving us a grant of $50 million,” said O’Shea. The funds would be used to develop infrastructure for the mine....

  • Karen Polkowski

    Jan 25, 2024

    ONTONAGON, Mich. - I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) Mom, Momma, Gram, Great Great, Sissy, Aunt Karen met Jesus peacefully the morning of Jan. 18, 2024, surrounded by her number one priority, her children. No words will articulate the enormous loss we feel but we know you are dancing with Dad, loving on your Momma and Daddy, having a few words with Uncle Butch. Yes, we expect that Grandma Helen was keeping him in line holding your chee...

  • Many snowmobile trails still remain closed

    Jan 18, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] The combined three counties of Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon feature nearly 600 miles of snowmobile trails. Winding through forests and towns and over bridges and lakes, they represent white gold in the winter season, drawing thousands of tourists from other states who relish the frosty, fluffy stuff made possible mostly by those three magic words: lake effect conditions. Not so much this year. After warm spells delayed the opening of trails straight...

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 18, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Jan. 18 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EST; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EST; Ontonagon, Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EST; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EST. Ironwood St....

  • Bessemer clarifies citizen options in buying low-cost land

    Jan 11, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] BESSEMER — The Bessemer City Council voted on Monday evening to deny a request by Mark Switzer to purchase a city lot for $1. City Manager Christopher Frazer reported that Ben Tucker, who leads the city’s Department of Public Works, and city engineers noted that the property in question may be needed for the projected new Bluff Reservoir. “Until we figure out what chunks that we may or may not need, we’re not going to sell this property,” said Councilman Adam Zak. “However, if we do decide to...

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 11, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Jan. 11 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110....

  • Local ski resorts inch toward full season openings

    Jan 4, 2024

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] Typically, at this time of year, local ski hills are basking in the aftermath of bustling holiday seasons that draw thousands of tourists from near and far. Not so this year, with some resorts still closed and others open only with limited hills available. "We are not officially open yet," said David Dziuban, owner and manager of Whitecap Mountains Resort in Upson, Wisconsin, on New Year's Day. "We started making snow on Oct 30 and utilized every...

  • Julie F. (DeHut) Switzer

    Jan 4, 2024

    BESSEMER, Mich. - Julie F. (DeHut) Switzer, 43, of Bessemer, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 25, 2023, at her home, with her family at her side. Julie was born Nov. 5, 1980, in Ontonagon, a daughter of Joseph E. and Rosemary R. (Millard) DeHut. She attended Ontonagon High School and graduated in 1999. She continued her education at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, and graduated from Finlandia University in Hancock, earning a degree in psychology. On March 22, 2002, Julie was united in...

  • Community Calendar

    Jan 4, 2024

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Jan. 4 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110....

  • Marie B. (Wolfe) Kuehnl

    Dec 28, 2023

    BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. - Marie B. (Wolfe) Kuehnl, of Bruce Crossing, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023, at the age of 87, with family at her side. She left behind a legacy of warmth, love, kindness and cherished memories. Born on July 14, 1936, in Ontonagon, Marie was the daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie (Usimaki) Wolfe. She grew up in Ewen, where Marie graduated from Ewen High School in 1954. After graduation she was employed...

  • Lois Jean (Carlisle) Perttula

    Dec 21, 2023

    TROUT CREEK, Mich. - Lois Jean (Carlisle) Perttula, 92, of Trout Creek, passed away Dec. 9, 2023, at Bayside Village in L'Anse. Lois was born on May 10, 1931, in Trout Creek, to Selma (Thompson) Johnson and Leighton Carlisle. Lois married Wilbert Perttula on June 9, 1951. Lois was mostly a home keeper raising her family, but worked various jobs outside the home throughout the years. She worked as a nurse assistant at the Ontonagon Medical Facility, teacher's aide at the Trout Creek School,...

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 21, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Dec. 21 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency food commodity distribution for seniors, Bergland, Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:25-9:40 a.m. EST; White Pine, Carp Lake Township Hall, 10-10:15 a.m. EST; Ontonagon, Holy Family Catholic Church, 11-11:30 a.m. EST; Mass City Resource Center, 12:30-1 p.m. EST. Ironwood St....

  • Community Calendar

    Dec 14, 2023

    Email calendar items and community news to [email protected]. For more information, call 906-932-2211. Thursday, Dec. 14 Bessemer St. Vincent de Paul, financial assistance, 9-10 a.m.; food pantry, 10 a.m. to noon. 906-663-4436. Ironwood St. Vincent de Paul, food pantry and financial assistance, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., located behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. 906-932-4325. Gogebic County Veterans Service Officer, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wakefield City Hall; 1-2 p.m., Watersmeet Township; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Marenisco Township. 906-667-1110....

  • Students compete in poetry reading

    Megan Hughes|Dec 7, 2023

    IRONWOOD - The Ironwood Memorial Building's auditorium acted as a competition hall for the Poetry Out Loud competition on Monday morning, with five students from area schools aiming to earn their place in the coming state competition. Event coordinator Rebecca Binkley of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District said the competition is a national competition where high school students select two poems from an anthology to read to judges. Students are judged on accuracy of the reading,...

  • Area's first winter storm big on cold, short on snow

    Nov 30, 2023

    By P.J. GLISSON [email protected] The season's first snowstorm at the start of this week did not bring as many inches as anticipated, but it definitely made winter official. As many as 15 inches were predicted for the western U.P., but the official total for the two-day event measured for National Weather Service at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Facility in Ironwood was 4 inches, as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. That brought the season total to 6.9 inches, compared to 48 inches on the same...

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